So… do you think Johan knows that Judai loves him?
Okay, okay, here me out! I know it sounds like I’m about to start ranting about how Important™ spiritshipping is and how much I adore their relationship, but that’s not really the focus of this post.
I’ve been thinking about GX a lot lately and I just realized… was Johan ever filled in on what was going on with Judai when he went Haou on everyone? I recall Johan either being possessed or trapped in a card during most, if not all of that time.
I’m pretty sure he knows that Judai succumbed to the darkness and pseudo-murdered a ton of people, but… did he ever find out why? Does he know that Judai went mad because he thought Johan had been killed?
And if he ever did find out, what did he think about that? How do you react when you find out that your best friend/love interest committed genocide because he was depressed about your supposed death?
Just… did he ever think about that and come to the conclusion that Judai reacted the way he did because he had feelings for him?
I need answers, okay. This is going to haunt me for ages until I know.
So I just got a sudden brilliant idea about Yuya and his counterparts.
We’ve all been trying to compare each counterpart to their previous series protagonist. But I’ve just noticed some similarities with DIFFERENT series protagonists.
Namely; Yuya and Judai, Yuto and Yusei, Yugo and Yuma, Yuri and Yami Yugi
Let’s start with our protagonist, Yuya. At the start of the series, Yuya had a happy-go-lucky personality and firmly believed that Duel Monsters should be played to have fun. At the beginning of GX, Judai had a fun-loving personality and always had fun with Duel Monsters, believing that there wasn’t much point to the game otherwise.
However, both of them have dark secrets in their past. Yuya keeps a smile on his face to hide his emotional turmoil about his missing father. Judai may not remember it for half the series, but Yubel’s effect on his friends ended up having some major impact on the plot as a whole.
Yuya and Judai also had darker sides that completely took over the original personalities and were TERRIFYING (and also awesome). Judai managed to master his, time will tell if Yuya can do the same.
Also, both GX and Arc-V ended up completely breaking the protagonists, moreso than any other YGO series there is.
Deckwise, Yuya shares more similarities with Yugi than with Judai, but there are a few key cards that appear to be direct references to GX.
Here’s Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon (this is the best picture of its face I could find).
Look closely at its eyes. Left is green, right is red, matching the red-green color scheme of Pendulum Monsters and giving it its name of “Odd-Eyes”. Except…the rest of its colored orbs are green on the right and red on the left. If you look at a Pendulum Monster, the colored arrows match the orbs on Odd-Eyes body. So why are the eyes switched?
Wait a minute…don’t we know somebody else with heterochromatic eyes?
Judai’s past self, Haou or Supreme King, even gets namedropped several times. Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon’s full Japanese name is “Haou Kokuryuu Oddoaizu Riberion Doragon” - “Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon the Supreme King Black Dragon”. And its Equip spell in Episode 88 is “Haou no Tsubasa”, meaning “Wings of the Supreme King”.
A few more related tidbits: both have the most ‘normal’ hair of the protagonists, Yuya mastered Fusion Summoning (Judai’s trademark) first, and both ended up traveling between dimensions.
Our next point of interest is Yuto, from the XYZ Dimension. Yuto is calm, stoic, clear-minded, and analytical, very much like Yusei of 5D’s. Another notable trait they share is their unwillingness to let others get hurt, which is reflected in their decks. Yuto’s deck is very defensive, focused on stalling, while Yusei’s trademark Stardust Dragon has an ability geared around protecting its allies. Both of them also come from a ruined home - Yusei’s home was destroyed by Zero Reverse, while Yuto’s was destroyed by the Academy’s invasion. They also share similar motivations; Yuto wants peace, while Yusei wants to unite the two halves of the city.
Yugo has a cheerful, bouncy, and silly personality, very much like Yuma’s. Both are also impulsive and short-tempered, to the point where it can affect their dueling. Finally, both of them appear to have a positive affect on their opponents, like how Yugo’s Duel with Serena resulted in her learning to have fun with a Duel.
Yuri is going to be the hardest, seeing as we know almost nothing about him. What we DO know is that he follows the Professor because he thinks it’s fun, and he appears to have some obsession with games, as we saw when he captured Ruri. And anyone’s who’s watched Season 0 of Yu-gi-oh! can think of another person who was psychotic, creepy, and loved playing games with his victims - at least until he got some character development. Foreshadowing, maybe?
You all remember way back in GX how Judai fused with Yubel right? And the whole reason Yubel had been having issues was because of the whole Light of Destruction thing?
Well….I got thinking…and Yuya uses a suspicious amount of Supreme King named cardes. Not to mention his dragon has Odd-eyes (heh) that are the same color in the same eye as Yubel did/Judai does when using Yubel’s powers.
(Used smile world one too see the colors more clearly)
So what if Yuya really is the Supreme King?
Like maybe though the Light of Destruction’s influence over Yubel was removed by the Supreme King, the aftereffects of it on her weren’t completely gone. And since the Supreme King part of Judai wasn’t exactly nice or trusting, when it was time to reincarnate the reincarnation messed up and went completely insane due to Yubel and the Supreme King not really being all that sane to start with.
The reincarnation went so insane that Yuzu’s past self, a powerful magician/duelist probably, was the only one who could stop him, and even then she could only stop him by splitting him and the dimensions into 4 so as to keep the Yuya’s from ever coming back together.
In doing so, he had to split herself up/maybe something happened there. But since Yubel was a duel monster, it didn’t work properly and Yuzu and Yuya’s incarnations got a little messed up.
And by messed up I mean that fragment created the Magicians of Creation and Destruction.
Meanwhile, Yuzu had forseen some of this and manipulated it so she would be reborn close to the Yuya incarnations, and created the bracelets (and maybe had something to do with the pendulum too?) as a security measure. Since she hopefully would be able to befriend or at least stay close to a Yuya they were made to warp the Yuya’s away when they got too close to eachother. But they were much stronger in their own dimension with their own Yuya. In another dimension maybe they can’t warp them away, and they blink as a warning instead or something.
I mean it makes a lot of sense. Except for the Magicians of Creation and destruction part….but that’s hard to explain with all of them.
Maybe it was created as a warning? In hopes that someone would put the pieces together like we are trying too? Like “oooh that Destruction one looks a lot like Yuya. Huh. Yuya has been having issues with going crazy on people lately. And that Creation Magician looks a lot like Yuzu…whose bracelet seems to warp away Yuya’s look-alikes……maybe we should keep the Yuya’s away from each other.” or something.
Or maybe I was right and Yuzu is the Light of Hope, but was wrong in Yuya being a different darkness than we’ve seen before…he’s the gentle Darkness but was corrupted by the Light of Destruction. So a corrupted/mixed LoD and gentle Darkness was too much for the Light of Hope to fully handle, so she sealed/split it up.
I mean I still like the Creation/Destruction God theory a lot, but it is kinda suspicious that Yuya has so many Supreme King cards on him. Once is a reference. Two is a pattern. I mean I know it’s an equip spell for that specific card..or is it? Maybe all the extra deck monsters with 2 dimensional dragons as materials have “Supreme King” in the name. Then it would equip to all of them….but probs not. It matches OEDRXD. Not to mention the fact that it’s Yuya’s Xyz conterpart’s dragon that gave us the Supreme King Dragon, not the fusion one. Oh also Supreme King Odd Eyes Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon sorta resembles Supreme King Judai.
The purple on OEDRXD matches the purple on Haou Judai’s outfit? Also it’s got the chest thingie like Judai does just the yellow/gold color on his clothes instead of the purple. It also has three wings where Judai has three spikes on each side. And it’s head kinda sorta maybe looks like his helmet(can’t really find a good pic with the helmet so I’m not quite sure). I think they loosely based the design for DRXD off of his clothes, just they switched the purple and gold in the designs.
PS. Also, maybe the Supreme King reincarnated into 2 after the Yubel fiasco? One human one Duel monster? Would Explain Odd-eyes and the other dimensional dragons. And how they can merge/fuse together like that….
Okay I need to stop now.
P.S.S. Maybe this is an AU where Judai wasn’t the Supreme King and the Not-Judai Supreme King fusion with Yubel really messed stuff up and made the Supreme King insane, the dimensions them split a little bit after that, and the dimensions have been split for longer than we have kinda been assuming. The Supreme King and the Yuzu’s weren’t reincarnated in the 4 dimensions until recently, and each of the 4 dimensions developed their different dueling styles during the time lapse.